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RISD By Design 2013

The second weekend of October marked a very special event: RISD By Design, an annual alumni reunion and parents weekend occurring all over campus. The event coincided with RISD's Alumni and Student Art Sale, as well as numerous presentations, tours, open studios and receptions. Every year, RISD by Design offers a chance to reunite with old friends, make new ones, rediscover the campus, and realize just what makes RISD so special. Click on the photo above to see more of the festivities from RBD 2013, or hit this link to visit the RISD Alumni Flickr page.

This year, in addition to being one of the biggest events of my event coordination career, was also my 10-year college reunion.  I enjoyed a house full of friends and more than a few adventures to commemorate the occasion. I'm so proud to be part of the team that pulled this off, grateful, and honestly a little surprised to be exactly where I want to be with my life.

Thanks to all my friends who made it out here for the weekend, RISD Alumni Relations + Special Events for all their tireless work, & my bosses for loading me up with drink tickets at the alumni dinner!


Major Updates!

Without meaning to, I've completely neglected my blog this summer. Recent events have reshaped my schedule and priorities, and I'm only just now able to wrap my mind around it all to craft a coherent post. 

Back in May my GI tract bailed on me without the decency of leaving a note. Months of appointments, tests, dietary restrictions, adverse reactions to medications, and a seemingly endless parade of medical bills have pretty much reduced me to this:

It will all be worth it once I reach a diagnosis and successful treatment, right? Right?!

There is a bright side, though! Around the same time some great opportunities came up for me. First, I was offered a position on a fabulous team that coordinates events for RISD's vast alumni network. It has been wonderful validation for years of volunteer experience with an organization that not only appreciates me, but also offers new challenges.

Later, I joined the staff at Studio Goodwin Sturges! Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, owner and founder of the Studio, is one of my longtime mentors - I interned for her while a student at RISD and credit her with my decision to illustrate books for children. As a member of her team I'm critiquing artwork, reading manuscripts, promoting her authors and illustrators and coordinating the studio. The experience offers fresh and welcome perspective as "the other side" of the publishing industry, all very useful information as I continue to grow my own list of publishing credits and my mentoring and critique service for aspiring authors and illustrators.

Finally, I'm very pleased to announce that I'll be illustrating another bilingual children's picture book with Arte Público Press! A Charmed Life, written by Gladys E. Barbieri, will hit the shelves in 2015. My work has been quick, digital-heavy illustrations and design for the last year and it feels great to get back into traditional watercolor painting for this project. I'm looking forward to sharing my progress on this book with you!

Here's to covering a few more medical bills!

Have a great week, everyone!


RADIUS Opening Reception

RADIUS banner for RISD-RI alumni art show.

Tonight: the RISD-RI Alumni Chapter invites you to the opening reception of RADIUS!

RADIUS: an Exhibition of RISD Alumni from the Greater RI Area
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Keeseh Studios, 42 Rice Street, Providence, RI

Enjoy Narragansett beer and light refreshments while you view the work of your fellow alumni. And a huge thanks to juror Bunny Harvey, MFA PT ’72, MAT ’71, BFA PT ’67. RSVP on Facebook.

The RI RISD Alumni Chapter is completely volunteer run! We're always looking for new friends to help us with events and ideas so send us a note via email or say hello at the opening if you're interested.

See you tonight!

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